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Mr. Villaverde

Alan Villaverde

Vice President & General Manager, Peabody Orlando

Alan Villaverde is Vice President and General Manager of the Peabody Orlando, and Vice President of Operations for the Peabody Hotel Group. He joined The Peabody Orlando in 1993 as vice president/general manager, bringing with him more than 23 years of hotel/hospitality management expertise. He came from a similar position with the Stouffer Orlando Resort. In addition to his responsibilities for The Peabody Orlando, Villaverde also is vice president of operations for The Peabody Little Rock and The Peabody Memphis. Villaverde was honored as Maryland Hotelier of the Year, 1991; was named Peabody Hotel Group's Top General Manager, 1995 and 1998; Central Florida Hotelier of the Year, 1997; State of Florida GM of the Year, 1997, American Hotel & Motel Association's Outstanding GM of the Year, 1999. In February, 2000, he was named among Central Florida's 100 Most Influential People by The Orlando Business Journal.

Mr. Villaverde can be contacted at 407-345-4543 or avillaverde@peabodyorlando.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.